Living Architecture: How Synthetic Biology Can Remake Our Cities and Reshape Our Lives

Living Architecture: How Synthetic Biology Can Remake Our Cities and Reshape Our Lives

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by Rachel Armstrong
     
 

What will the city of the future look like? More like an ever-changing and vibrant garden than a static set of buildings and blocks. In 'Living Architecture: How Synthetic Biology Can Remake Our Cities and Reshape Our Lives,' British scientist and architect Rachel Armstrong re-imagines the world�s extensive urban areas and argues that in order to achieve sustainable…  See more details below

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What will the city of the future look like? More like an ever-changing and vibrant garden than a static set of buildings and blocks. In 'Living Architecture: How Synthetic Biology Can Remake Our Cities and Reshape Our Lives,' British scientist and architect Rachel Armstrong re-imagines the world�s extensive urban areas and argues that in order to achieve sustainable development of the built environment � and help countries like Japan recover from natural disasters � we need to start thinking differently. Armstrong sets the scene for considering different ways of making structures and materials, suggesting that we can �grow� more ecologically compatible buildings by using life-like technologies, such as protocells. The result is a new kind of architectural practice where cities behave more like an evolving ecosystem than lifeless machines.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014101837
Publisher:
TED Conferences, LLC
Publication date:
02/07/2012
Series:
TED Books , #12
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,037,426
File size:
662 KB

Meet the Author

Rachel Armstrong is the co-director of AVATAR (Advanced Virtual and Technological Architectural Research) specializing in Architecture and Synthetic Biology at the School of Architecture & Construction, University of Greenwich, London. She is also a Senior TED Fellow and a Visiting Researching Assistant at the Center for Fundamental Living Technology, Department of Physics and Chemistry, University of Southern Denmark.

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Living Architecture: How Synthetic Biology Can Remake Our Cities and Reshape Our Lives 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
livingarchitect More than 1 year ago
Living Architecture sets the scene for a new group of materials and architectural interventions that lie somewhere between the performance of machines and biology. These strange, new technologies blur the distinction between building and landscape and suggest that the 21 century marks the advent of synthetic urban ecologies. The book itself takes a multi-systems view of the potential applications of systems that are not truly 'alive' but possess living qualities. As 'living technologies' these properties can be exploited as new ways of 'making' things at many scales of operation ranging from the micro scale, to the city. The text explores the context and need for these kinds of new solutions that are compatible with a systems view of the world embodied in the ecologically engaged practices of Panarchy, Permaculture and Biomimicry. Living Architecture results from the strategic applications of living technologies and is based on real world experiments. Additionally Living Architecture looks to the future using an original science fiction narrative to examine what a 'living' urban future might hold for humanity.
manirul01 More than 1 year ago
 Lovely...! beautiful.....!.... Just enjoy it.....!
lucast84 More than 1 year ago
This book is a nice and well described futuristic technology that may be the cornerstone of our future architecture because it include some features of living organism. Well written and easy to read